2017 Course Information: Hand Building with Clay

Hand Building with Clay

This morning class will introduce participants to basic hand building techniques that can be used with clay and clay-like materials. Spark the inner child in you by pinching pots, using coils to build pots or fanciful creatures and slabs to form fine structures. These fundamentals recur throughout the long history of civilizations for useful, playful and spiritual vessels. Parents and teachers may then want to pass the fun on to children and students – clay is a great expressive medium that can engage kids across the broad spectrum of ideas, especially when combined with other media.

Materials Fee:$10
Arkansas Craft School,
101 North Peabody St. Mountain View, AR 72560

Instructor :David and Becki Dahlstedt

Potters David and Becki Dahlstedt came to Mountain View via separate paths which converged in 1984 at the Ozark Folk Center where David had been the potter for 6 years. Together they continued to demonstrate pottery at the Folk Center for 12 years before establishing a studio in Mountain View. Combining their talents, skills, and interests, the Dahlstedts have established a full time pottery business, producing an extensive line of functional pottery, as well as one-of-a-kind pieces. David makes both functional and decorative pots. An elaborate teapot can make an artistic statement and still be used to steep and pour tea. David's work has been included in many regional shows and is sold in galleries throughout the state. Becki makes pots as well but spends most of her time glazing the couple's work using multiple glaze application techniques to achieve their trademark blended earth tones. David is the potter-in-residence at the Arkansas Craft School and teaches spring and fall classes at the school's studio located in downtown Mountain View.

Works by the Instructor